The Belfast music scene caters for all musical tastes including rock, classical and dance and has some first class venues such as the Grand Opera House, Waterfront Hall, Empire Music Hall, Limelight, Spring & Airbrake and the Odyssey Arena.
You can tell that Belfast’s rich musical heritage is evident everywhere you go in the city and there are many watering holes around the city centre that allow you to witness some great local music for yourself. To celebrate this great heritage of fine music, the city has put on a music festival.
Every year, County Antrim, Northern Ireland plays host to the Belfast music festival. There are many different people and companies involved with the running of the event including Belfast City Council, Arts Council, Oh Yeah Music Centre and Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
With over 100 musical events to showcase new artists, live bands, Dj’s and songwriters and some of the best wedding bands in Northern Ireland, this is a major festival which attracts visitors to this Ulster city from all over the world.
Northern Ireland has produced some fine musicians, artists and bands such as The Undertones, Phil Coulter, Snow Patrol, Van Morrison and let’s not forget Nadine from Girls Aloud and D:Ream.
Belfast welcomes you with open arms and as one of the friendliest cities in Europe, it has just received the well earned status of the place to visit. It has recently undergone a period of major re-generation and is ready to welcome tourists from all over the world to come and experience its diverse and historic culture.
Belfast Music Tour
Belfast has its own music bus tour starting at the Ulster Hall, Bedford Street and finishing at the home of the Belfast Music Exhibition, the Oh Year Music Centre in the Cathedral Quarter of the city. During the tour you can relax and enjoy the tunes of Van Morrison as well as some other musical genres such as punk rock, folk and traditional, soundtracks and some serious guitar playing. You will also find out about inspirations such as Gary Moore, Stiff Little Fingers and Ruby Murray.
Northern Ireland has it all, sports, events, shopping, great days out, but one of the best things I like about this friendly and cultured province is the beautiful scenery…it’s so green and luscious.
Hi, I’m your friendly travel and tourism guide. You’ll see what I mean about the scenery when you discover Northern Ireland.
The rest of the province is also extremely interesting with many great attractions and a fabulous place to come for an exciting holiday or vacation. More about that later! So…What would you like to know about my country?
The currency used here is the pound sterling or ‘£stg’. Some places accept the Euro, which is the currency that is used in the Republic of Ireland and the rest of Europe. The population is around 1.75 million for 2008.
The weather here is varied. Regular rainy spells, provide a blanket of green creating the exceptional scenery. On warm sunny days in the summer the temperature can rise to around 25 degrees Celsius. The winter is usually wet and mild with temperatures staying just above freezing, mostly around 4 degrees Celsius.
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Northern Ireland Attractions
There are so many great attractions to choose from…
- Giant’s Causeway
- Mount Stewart House And Gardens
- Exploris Aquarium
…to name but a few! There’s so much useful information about these attractions in my Travel guide and you can find out more about them at Northern Ireland Attractions.
The main attractions this country has to offer are divided nicely into the six counties. You’ll love it! Everything you need to discover this beautiful country at your finger tips.
If you’re visiting Belfast, don’t miss out on the opportunity to add your name to a piece of history by signing the peace wall. Take a Black taxi tour with Belfast Cab Tours and their friendly tour guide, see the World Famous Wall Murals of West Belfast and find out lot’s more about the political and historical background of this famous city!
The beautiful picture below was taken at the Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim. Probably one of the best and most unique attractions in the world! And now for something that goes hand-in-hand with the great attractions in the province is the
Northern Ireland Entertainment
What do you do when you are not sight-seeing? You might want to try something different and out of the ordinary when you are away on holiday.
What about relaxing in a spa, fishing, taking in a round of golf or even just a leisurely stroll in a beautiful forest park?
Whatever your interests are, I’m sure that you’ll find something exciting and fun to do while enjoying your stay. Earlier, I mentioned a little about holidays.
A comprehensive list of places you can stay, whilst travelling in the ‘six counties’, can be found in my hotel guides for each county.
I have even included a special listing for Belfast Hotels, which you can see here.
They’re packed full to the brim with hotels for every budget all sorted by star rating.
Whether you’re interested in a short break or luxurious extended Northern Irish vacation, look no further. Compare hotels in Northern Ireland to find yourself the best deal.
Part of the fun of travel is staying in unusual types of accommodation. In Ireland you can find everything from local inns to timeshares in centuries-old castles and transformed country estates.
Northern Ireland Food and Drink
What else can I tell you in my Northern Ireland Travel Guide?
Well…probably one of the most important parts of any trip…the Food and Drink. After all, you’ve been out all day sight-seeing. You’ll need some refreshment.
Some of the nicest places to have food here are local pubs and restaurants in the towns and cities you are visiting.
Hotels also offer a tasty selection of food too, especially if they are by the sea. You can taste all the local seafood and fine wine.
One of my favourite places to eat is the Causeway Hotel at the Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim. After an exhilarating walk around the causeway and taking in, the appetite building, fresh, sea air, you get a great meal here.
Wash it down with a cold pint of Guinness!
Recently I tried a new beer that has come to Northern Ireland. It’s full title is Peroni Nastro Azzurro, but most people know it as just Peroni. This beer was an instant hit with me. It’s all I drink at present when I go out anywhere.
It has a really nice mediterranean flavour to it that reminds me of being on holiday. I normally drink Coors Light, but this beer has a totally refreshing taste.
The first time I came across this beer was last week when I went out for Pizza. My wife and I found a great little Italian restaurant on Botanic Ave called Carlito’s (Use the search bar above to find website) whom are a client of my Belfast SEO services. I saw someone with the Peroni as I was going in and decided to try one. It was on draught and came in a tall, frosted pint glass. Great looking and great flavour. Totally recommended!
Northern Ireland Transport
Apart from the places to see, things to do, eating out, etc. I haven’t told you how you are going to be getting around these beautiful sites. My excellent transport guide presents many different ways to get around these top tourist attractions.
You can tour by bus, hire car, train or even walk. It’s up to you. Learn more about these various methods in the getting around guide. Incidentally, if you are hiring a car, make sure you have car insurance.
Last, but not least, is another important point to note when planning your trip to Northern Ireland. Don’t forget to book your travel insurance. Annual travel insurance is often the best value. Don’t let something trivial like losing your suitcase or baggage ruin your trip.
Take advantage of competitive prices and comprehensive cover from a good holiday insurance provider before you travel.